Boeing reorganizes Commercial Airplanes division

By Matt Tomsic
mtomsic@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 3, 2012

A reorganization of Boeing Commercial Airplanes won’t have many effects on operations at Boeing South Carolina, which will transition into the Airplane Programs business unit.

The Boeing Co. announced the reorganization Monday in an email from Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner to employees.

This Dreamlifter parked at Charleston International Airport is part of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner supply chain. (Photos/Andy Owens)
This Dreamlifter parked (above) at Charleston International Airport is part of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (below) supply chain. (Photos/Andy Owens)
This Dreamlifter parked (above) at Charleston International Airport is part of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (below) supply chain. (Photos/Andy Owens)
 
“Over the next 18 months, Commercial Airplanes will be increasing production rates across all programs by more than 25%,” Conner wrote. “In parallel, we will be managing five development programs. Successfully balancing our production and development priorities is critical to our future viability and success with customers.”

The changes create three divisions — Airplane Programs, Airplane Development and Commercial Airplane Services — under Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“This change will have little impact on our day-to-day operations and production,” said Candy Eslinger, a spokeswoman for Boeing South Carolina. “In fact, it gives us closer alignment with all the other airplane programs and allows us even more access to resources, knowledge and best practices from across all (Boeing Commercial Airplanes) as we continue to grow and mature our production processes here in South Carolina.”

Boeing South Carolina’s focus will be on rate increases, quality and on-time deliveries for the 787 program, Conner wrote.

Airplane Development will focus on new generation models — like the 787-9, a longer variant of the 787-8 Dreamliners being built in Washington state and North Charleston — through development and certification. Scott Fancher will be vice president for Airplane Development, which will also provide leadership for other new programs, including the 787-10X, another variant of the 787 Dreamliner.

“This framework will help clarify responsibility, streamline decision-making and accelerate our progress on these priorities,” Conner wrote about the reorganization. “In addition, it will improve our focus on quality, efficiency and affordability throughout the life cycle of our products and services.”

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